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Seasonal ways to make your food nutritional-Dr. Parul Khurana, SCI International Hospital

As appeared in Along with debilitating heat, summers also bring with them delicious season-specific produce. This also means introducing a variety of fruits, fresh veggies and juices into your diet (we like looking at the bright side). We asked experts to talk about the healthiest ingredients to pick for the summer, so you can inject a healthy dose of nutrition into your meals. Taranjeet Kaur, metabolic balance coach and senior nutritionist at AktivOrtho, says, "It is good to get some seasonal veggies and fruits in the picture like cucumbers, mint leaves, capsicums and lemon for salads." Cucumbers are a low calorie food with diuretic properties. It helps flush toxins out while mint is the most cooling herb. Capsicum, on the other hand, increases immunity and is a great source of vitamin B6 and magnesium. Lemons are packed full of nutrients like Vitamin C, magnesium, iron and potassium that the body especially needs in this sort of climate. watermelon She also suggests stocking up on watermelons, melons, mangoes, fresh peaches and black berries that can be eaten raw or turned into juices and shakes. Watermelons, melons and peaches have a high water content while black berries are also an excellent source of vitamins and anti-oxidants. Mangoes, on the other hand, have tartaric acid, malic acid, and some citric acid that help maintain the alkaline reserves of the body, while the vitamins in it increase immunity. According to Parul Khurana, nutritionist, SCI International Hospital, juices, salads and smoothies should feature on all menu cards this season. According to her, stocking up on tulsi seeds is a great dietary decision, as they function as natural coolants. "These seeds are good for those suffering from diabetes, constipation and acidity. Cucumber is another great seasonal ingredient as it helps keep the body hydrated … Continue Reading ››